Google Offers Software for Mapping Service

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 8:30 am

Google Inc. is introducing software Monday designed to make its local search and mapping service easier to navigate on mobile phones, continuing the Internet search engine leader’s effort to extend its reach beyond personal computers.

Consumers who download and install the new software will be able to skip some of the steps that had been required since Google began offering a mobile version of its maps nearly seven months ago.

For instance, users won’t have to type in their location before getting directions to a specific location, as long as their phone has Global Positioning System, or GPS, capabilities, said Deep Nishar, a director of Google’s mobile products.

Using Google’s new mobile mapping software requires Java-enabled phones. Most subscribers with wireless service from Cingular, T-Mobile and Sprint should be able to use the software, Nishar said. The service won’t work with Verizon phones, Blackberry devices or Palm devices.

Source: AP


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